Field assistants: cricket behavior (Germany) ~

20 de enero de 2016

Field assistants: cricket behavior (Germany)

Needed in for Field Cricket Project at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology.

Where: Munich (LMU) and Seewiesen, Bayern, Germany.
When: End of March 2016 - End of June 2016

Job description:
The field assistants will help to collect life-history data on Field
Crickets (Gryllus Campestris) in the wild from end of March to the end
of June 2016. The research focuses primarily on identifying how the
social environment (ie. other individuals) generate and maintain
individual differences in behaviour and behavioural plasticity. Research
is also concentrated on identifying how environmental conditions affect
the expression of behavioural variation. Assistants will work closely
with an international team consisting of one post-doc, two field
assistants and various students. The research project is intense and
will have typically only 1-2 days off per week. Duties include
behavioural observations, cricket handling (marking, measuring), data
entry and data management.

Candidates should have a BSc in Biology or a related field. Candidates
should have experience with handling small insects and working as part
of a research group. Ideal candidates are highly motivated, well
organized and able to work independently, while at the same time able to
function well in a group.

A small financial compensation and accommodation will be provided.
Accepted assistants should be vaccinated against Tick Borne Encephalitis
(TBE or FSME) before arriving in Seewiesen. Applicants should also be
aware that Lyme disease (carried by ticks) is prevalent in the area and
should inform themselves about this disease beforehand.

Applications: Review of the applications will begin February and
continue until the position is filled. To apply, please send (1) a
statement of relevant experience, (2) a short resume or CV, and (3)
contact information for two references to Dr. Petri Niemela (eMail:

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